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Argentina won at Bolivia after 15 years

Lionel Messi and his teammates upstream beat Bolivia 2-1 in the second round of the 2022 World Cup in South America on the evening of October 13.

Argentina had a low start. This is to be expected, although in terms of the squad they completely outperform the top stars playing in Europe such as Messi, Lautaro Martinez, etc.

Hernando Siles Stadium in Bolivia’s La Paz plateau – which is 3,640 meters above sea level – is an obsession with Argentina. As of 1979, they had played seven matches here, but won only once in 2005, remaining tied two and lost four.

And the tragedy seemed to be coming back to Argentina when the net bounced in the 24th minute. In a simple counter-counter-attack situation, although there were more people, the visitors still let Moreno Martins sneak down and jump high. Headed the opener for Bolivia. Before and after this goal, goalkeeper Franco Armani was still a few times threatened, by Martins header or Leandro Paredes shot from about 20 meters.

After getting used to the thin atmosphere and the pace of the game, Argentina gradually played better, especially in the late first half. The tackles with the participation of Messi, Lautaro and Ocampos forced Bolivia to retreat to the defense.

However, thanks to a little luck, the visitors found the equalizer in the 45th minute. In an attempt to solve the problem, Jose Carrasco hit Lautaro’s foot, causing the ball to fly back into the Bolivian goal.

Finding an equalizer before the end of the first half helps Argentina play more confidently. Messi also plays a more active role in assisting. In the 75th minute, he poked the slot for Lautaro to escape, but the Inter striker missed the chance to score. In the 79th minute, Messi opened the attack, allowing his teammates to score 2-1. After receiving the ball from the captain, Lautaro did not want to finish, but moved to the left of the box so that new player in Joaquin Correa came across the corner.

After the first two matches, Argentina earned six points. Last weekend, Messi scored the only goal from the penalty spot to help the team defeat Ecuador 1-0.

At the next gathering for the 2020 World Cup qualifiers, Argentina hosted Paraguay on November 12 and became a guest of Peru on November 17.

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Shocked by Messi’s strange number of touches in the match against Ecuador

Messi scored to help Argentina win against Ecuador in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers but he was even more surprising with the number of touches in the penalty area.

The Argentina squad had a tough start to the 2022 World Cup qualifiers with a minimal win over Ecuador with a goal on penalties.

Lionel Messi continues to play the hero of the team, but this can not hide the fact that the Argentina team has not been able to fully exploit the talent of the Barca star.

Opta’s statistics show that Messi had 70 touches of the ball in the match against Ecuador, ranking only sixth in the team. But the most surprising thing is that the number one attacking star of Argentina has only 1 touch the ball in the restricted area.

That was the situation where Messi kicked a penalty and this was also his only shot on target. The remaining 2 shots both took place outside the box and were blocked.

Messi only touched the ball in the Ecuadorian penalty area when taking the penalty

This poor performance is the result of coach Lionel Scaloni applying the wrong strategy. They started off with a 4-3-2-1 formation, preferring their defense to be more determined than likely attack.

Including the game, Argentine players only had 8 dribbles and the most was Messi (2). After all, Argentina only earned a penalty when Ocampos “recklessly” broke through.

In such a strict discipline, Messi could hardly find a teammate to coordinate the attack.

He was always surrounded by many opposing players, while Lautaro Martinez was almost out of place at the top. Of course, the level of the players is also part of the reason why Argentina’s underperformance.

Obviously, Messi’s situation in Argentina is far from the same when he was playing for Barca. In the last three matches under coach Ronald Koeman, Messi may not touch the ball most of the team but still touch the ball most in the penalty area.

He has a total of 28 touches in the penalty area in the last 3 matches against Villarreal, Celta Vigo and Sevilla.

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Man City launched the most expensive defender of the club

Ruben Dias joined Etihad Stadium for $ 79 million from Benfica, Man City’s transfer record for a defender.

Man City announced Ruben Dias with a six-year contract on September 29.

If Dias meets some sub-terms related to future performance, Man City will pay Benfica about $ 5 million, in addition to $ 79 million in transfer fees. At that time, the 23-year-old defender will become the most expensive player in Man City history for $ 84 million, surpassing midfielder Rodri’s record $ 81 million.

Man City partially recovers the cost of buying Dias by selling Nicolas Otamendi to Benfica. The 32-year-old Argentine midfielder is valued at $ 17 million.

“Joining a club like Man City is a great opportunity, and I cannot refuse. The club’s success speaks for itself,” Dias said at the launch. “Man City has dominated English football for the past few years, playing offensive football that I feel is right for me. It’s great to be part of this team and work with a world-class coach. Like Pep Guardiola, who has a long track record of developing young players like me, I believe I can improve here, at a club that has the right ambitions for me, I will give my best to succeed and conquer the titles “.

Dias is City’s third rookie this summer, behind center-back Nathan Ake and winger Ferran Torres . In the opposite direction, the Etihad home team sold Leroy Sane, Otamendi, and let David Silva and Claudio Bravo leave in a free form.

Dias matured from the Benfica training facility, and started playing for the first team in 2017. Over the past three years, he has entered 137 games. Dias has also played 19 caps for Portugal since 2018.

Dias is expected to replace Vincent Kompany, the midfielder who leaves a big gap for Man City after his departure in 2019. Last season, due to conceding too much in important matches, Man City was 18 points behind Liverpool. in the Premier League and eliminated by Lyon in the quarter-finals of the Champions League .

“We admire Ruben for a long time”, said Man City Sports Director Txiki Begiristain. “We are very impressed with how he has progressed at Benfica. He has grown into a true leader and a defender with all the traits we are looking for. He’s strong in the air, Good in one-on-one situations and has very good technique. We believe he can thrive in our system.

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20 special Messi records in 20 years with Barca (Part 2)

Scored the most against teams in the Champions League

Likewise, in the Champions League, Messi has scored 35 different opponents.

The first player to score 5 goals in a Champions League match

On March 7, 2012, Messi scored 5 goals for Barca in a match. This feat was then repeated by Luiz Adriano of Shaktar Donetsk in 2014.

Score the most goals in a year

In 2012, Messi scored 91 goals for Barca and Argentina, beating the previous record held by Gerd Muller.

El Clasico’s all-time top scorer

In the biggest match in Spain, Messi scored a total of 26 goals. His record against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu is 15 goals, more than any other away.

Longest goal in La Liga

From November 2012 to May 2013, Messi scored in 21 consecutive matches in La Liga.

Scored with 2 numbers in 14 consecutive La Liga seasons

Messi’s stability in front of goal means he is the only player to score more than 10 goals in 14 consecutive seasons.

More than 40 goals per season for 10 consecutive years

Messi has scored more than 40 goals in 10 consecutive years: 2009/10 (47 goals), 2010/11 (53), 2011/12 (73), 2012/13 (60), 2013/14 (41), 2014 / 15 (58), 2015/16 (41), 2016/17 (54), 2017/18 (45) and 2018/19 (51).

The only player to score with 2 numbers in all club competitions twice

Only Messi can hold this honor, having even done it twice in 2011/12 and 2015/16.

Player received the most Puskas award nominations

Messi’s spectacular strikes have earned him more Puskas award nominations for the best goal than any other player. Surprisingly, he never won an award.

Record assists in one La Liga season

Messi ended the 2019/20 season with 20 assists, equal to Xavi’s record in the 2008/09 season. No other player in the 21st century has supported so many goals.

Player with the most wins in La Liga history

Messi has won 361 games in La Liga. In all competitions, he won 513 out of 731 appearances for Barca. On January 30, 2020, La Pulga overcame the 500-win mark with the club.

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20 special Messi records in 20 years with Barca (Part 1)

Lionel Messi arrived in Barcelona on September 17, 2000. Since then, in the past 20 years, he has broken nearly every record in football.

Twenty years have passed since Lionel Messi started arriving in Barcelona. Here are 20 milestones he achieved in the Catalan club shirt.

Player with the most titles in Barca history

Messi’s cupboard had 34 trophies with Barcelona. The closest person to him in this respect is Andres Iniesta with 32 different championships.

Barca’s all-time best scorer

Cesar Rodriguez used to be Barca’s good gunman with 232 goals in official matches. His record stood for more than half a century, until Messi caught up on March 20, 2012 with a hat trick against Granada. Eight years later, Messi nearly tripled this number with 634 goals and hasn’t stopped.

La Liga’s all-time top scorer

On November 22, 2014, Messi overcame Telmo Zarra (Bilbao, 1940-55) to become the tournament’s top scorer. He did that with a hat-trick against Sevilla, bringing the record to 253 goals (in 289 games).

La Liga’s top hat-trick

In La Liga history, he had scored more hat-tricks than any other. The last time was in the 5-2 victory over Mallorca on December 7, 2019. Messi has 35 hat-tricks and surpasses Cristiano Ronaldo (34).

Most Golden Ball Awards

Messi’s record of winning the Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019 is unmatched in world football. He is also the youngest player to win three times, is the only player to win four times in a row and the player with the longest time from first to last (2009 and 2019).

Top scorer in a La Liga season

In the 2011/12 season, La Pulga scored 50 goals in La Liga, the highest number for any player in Spain’s highest division.

Won 7 Pichichi Awards

Messi also won more Pichichi Awards than anyone else. Last season was his 7th after overtaking Telmo Zarra.

Won the most Golden Shoes

Barça’s star scored the most goals in 5 major European leagues in the seasons 2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Scored against the most La Liga teams

Messi has scored against 37 teams in La Liga in his career. No one else can boast such a figure in Spanish football.

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Summer transfer list 2020 latest updated

Update the latest summer 2020 transfer list with information from big clubs such as MU, Arsenal, Real, Barca, Juventus, etc.

James Rodriguez officially arrives at Everton

James Rodriguez arrived in Liverpool before completing his transfer with Everton.

The Colombian midfielder left Real Madrid to Everton for a fee of about £ 20 million, and signed a 3-year contract. Here, James reunited with Carlo Ancelotti, with whom he worked at both Real Madrid and Bayern.

Wolves broke the transfer record with Fabio Silva

Wolves broke his transfer record by buying 18-year-old Porto striker Fabio Silva for £ 35 million. The Portuguese striker only started one game in Primeira Liga last season, but Wolves still spent more than £ 30 million paid for Benfica to get Raul Jimenez 14 months ago.

Everton completed a £ 22m midfielder purchase

Everton signed a three-year contract with midfielder Allan from Napoli. The Brazilian is priced at £ 25 million and will reunite with former teacher Carlo Ancelotti here. Allan scored 11 goals and 16 assists in more than 200 matches for Napoli in all competitions, contributing to winning the Italian Cup championship.

Chelsea officially signed a contract with Havertz

Chelsea officially won Kai Havertz on a five-year contract after reaching a transfer fee agreement with Leverkusen.

Accordingly, Chelsea must pay the initial £ 70 million (€ 80 million) plus £ 15 million (€ 20 million) in bonuses.

Rakitic officially left Barca to return to Sevilla

Ivan Rakitic has completed the transfer from Barca to Sevilla. The Catalan club received a fixed 1.5 million euros plus 9 million bonuses. The Croatian midfielder left Sevilla for Barca six years ago for 18 million euros. Now he signed a new contract until 2024.

Messi’s father met to resolve the crisis

According to Marca (Spain), Messi’s father Jorge Messi will come to Barcelona today to hold the summit meeting with Barca’s leadership. The content is of course a discussion about his son’s future. The source said, Messi will continue to not appear in today’s training session, meaning the second day in a row. In another development, Ivan Rakitic left Barca to conduct a medical check with Sevilla after making a free transfer.

MU finished the Van de Beek case

Midfielder Donny van de Beek went to MU for a medical check to complete the transfer from Ajax. The fee for this 23-year-old player is about 40 million pounds. Van de Beek’s father also confirmed the news when he thought it was a dream come true.

After rumors of moving to Barca to play under a teacher in the Dutch team, Ronald Koeman, Van de Beek finally joined MU when the “Red Devils” gave up interest in Grealish to focus on this goal. .

Ibrahimovic officially received a new shirt number

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has officially renewed his 1-year contract with AC Milan and changed from shirt number 21 to 11. With the new contract, Ibrahimovic received a salary of 7 million euros, the highest in the Milan squad.

Vidal talks to get rid of Barca

Despite being trusted by new manager Ronald Koeman, Arturo Vidal still holds talks with Barca to reach an end-of-contract agreement, which will then allow him to come to Inter as a free agent.  For its part, Barcelona asked for a fee because it knew Inter’s interest. While waiting for the results, Vidal’s representatives, Fernando Felicevich and Inter are coming to a personal agreement.

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Why MU and Solskjaer are slow in the transfer market?

Why are rumors about MU’s transfer so many, but the team has not officially signed a new contract so far?

MU fans’ fears are growing because it has entered the fourth week since the end of last season. The reason is that “Red Devils” have not added any new contracts while the rest of the Big 6 clubs already have rookies.

Although finishing in third place last season, almost everyone knows MU needs to improve the team to compete to keep the rank, not to mention the championship race. The Old Trafford team owned a lot of rumors since the football was suspended because of Covid-19 and until now, all are just rumors.

Solskjaer is considered “cool hand” in the transfer issue when the players he brought in quickly integrate and play well. However, MU’s audience is starting to feel “bored to the neck” with the rumors and do not understand why the club he loves is so “slow”.

In fact, if you consider it carefully, the answer is right before your eyes. The first is the financial issue. MU has been a team that has been “self-made and self-eaten” for many years, although on behalf of the Glazers, the club owns the club. The Covid-19 translation has caused MU a lot of damage in the business. Declining revenue means that it is necessary to be careful in spending money.

Remember, Chelsea – the most active team in the transfer market this summer has a boss who loves money and loves football, likewise Man City. MU’s situation is a bit similar to Liverpool, except that the Anfield team started three years earlier when Jurgen Klopp joined this team.

Second, MU is being pressed for price in every deal that wants to be negotiated. Even Jack Grealish, a player with only 8 goals and 6 assists in the 2019/20 Premier League, was also “screamed” up to 80 million pounds. An unreasonable price and difficult to accept, likewise the case of Jadon Sacho (Dortmund).

If the “Red Devils” accept that price, they will have to suffer “chain reaction” for the next deal. At that time, money tons is not enough. Not only was the price pressed, but MU also became a price for people to raise. Any player has rumors related to the Old Trafford team is worth skyrocketing. This makes rumors about MU a lot, but in fact, the amount of true valuable news is not much.

Unlike previous seasons, this year’s transfer window has not ended yet. Will Solskjaer and Ed Woodward, who are mainly responsible for buying players, solve the above-mentioned problems so that the team can have 2-3 new recruits in time?

According to the latest information, MU is about to successfully recruit Donny Van De Beek from Ajax for £ 40 million. It is considered a quality contract but it is not enough when “Red Devils” need at least 1 defender and a striker.

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Who would Thiago Silva be the perfect partner for at Chelsea?

Chelsea has officially completed a free transfer with Thiago Silva. This veteran midfielder promises to be the perfect partner for many other players.

Thiago Silva will turn 36 next month but is expected to be an important factor in helping Chelsea have a more solid defense for the upcoming campaign.

With a dense schedule, Silva did not start every match, but will appear in important matches. So who can be your main partner?

1. Kurt Zouma

Towards the end of the season, Kurt Zouma emerged as Chelsea’s strongest midfielder with some good performances. However, the 25-year-old has to compete fiercely for a regular starting position.

If you maintain a stable performance, Zouma will be a great partner for Thiago Silva, combining youth and experience.

2. Antonio Rudiger

The Germany international admits he hasn’t had the best season yet and wants to improve in the upcoming campaign.

When at his best, Rudiger remained the top center-back, but now he has to rebuild a new partnership.

3. Andreas Christensen

Christensen went through an erratic campaign with Chelsea. He collaborated with Rudiger but was always uncertain in the backline.

Christensen has a contract until 2022 and it is not clear whether the defender will continue to stay at Stamford Bridge.

4. Fikayo Tomori

After the start of the season, Tomori’s playing time gradually decreased. The 22-year-old has only played once since the beginning of 2020 in the Premier League with another performance in the FA Cup.

Everton is monitoring the situation and may make an offer to buy Tomori when Silva joins the Blues.

5. Ethan Ampadu

The 19-year-old has been an interesting prospect on loan at RB Leipzig last season. However, things did not go well because he only had 3 substitution appearances in the Bundesliga, plus 3 matches in the Champions League.

Ampadu wants to win a position at Chelsea but does not rule out the possibility that he will be on loan again.

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Barca leads the list of the oldest team in the quarter-finals of the Champions League

Barcelona have the oldest squad of the eight clubs reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season with an average age of nearly 30.

Barca has the oldest squad in the Champions League quarter-finals with an average age of 29.6. Compared to the last time they won the Champions League in 2015, their current squad is 3 years older.

Even today, Barca’s squad still has 7 main players in the 2014/15 Champions League final and most of them still play the main role of the team. They are Messi, Suarez, Rakitic, Busquets, Pique, Alba and Ter Stegen.

Compared to the quarter-final opponent, Bayern Munich, the Barca team is 2 years older. Not only that, but the prolonged season due to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic also made the players more physically worn out because they had to play many games in a short time.

But because the Bundesliga returned from the epidemic earlier than La Liga, Bayern Munich got more leave than Barca before the return of the Champions League. The German club retired from July 5, while the opponent had to wait until July 19 to play the last match in La Liga.

Not to mention, Barca also had to go through life and death with Napoli at the end of last week. Meanwhile, Bayern have only had a light match with Chelsea. Therefore, Bayern will have a physical advantage if the match with Barca is extended to extra time.

As a result, Bayern Munich has only the fourth oldest squad in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, behind Barca, Man City and PSG. In contrast, the two recruits Atalanta and RB Leipzig have the youngest average age, only about 25 years old.

The average age of clubs participating in the quarter-finals of the Champions League 2019/20

1. Barca – 29.6 years old

2. Man City – 28.4 years old

3. PSG – 28.1 years old

4. Bayern Munich – 27.3 years old

5. Atletico Madrid – 26.4 years old

6. Lyon – 25.4 years old

7. Atalanta – 25.3 years old

8. RB Leipzig – 24.6 years old

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The Man City 2020 squad is the strongest with Ferran Torres

The Man City squad for the 2020/21 season will be very strong with a combination of Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero in attack.

After a lot of speculation, Man City finally completed the signing of 20-year-old midfielder Ferran Torres from Valencia. 

Although Transfermarkt valued 45 million euros, the Green Man only had to spend 21 million pounds (23 million euros) to recruit Torres, because the player born in 2000 had a 1-year contract with the Spanish team.

Torres is pursued by many big teams like Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Dortmund or MU. However, he chose Man City because he wanted to play under Pep Guardiola.

With his pace, youth and technique, the 1.84-meter-tall player is believed to excel in the role of the striker to be familiar – last season he played 38 of 44 matches for Valencia in this position, and the position of the left and center strikers.

However, in the context that Raheem Sterling is doing very well on the left wing, while Sergio Aguero is the number 1 choice in the striker position, Torres is likely to play the “drill” on the right wing, where Riyad Mahrez frequently appear.

In addition to Torres, the former Premier League king has just returned to the Etihad center-back Nathan Ake from Bournemouth with an initial amount of 40 million pounds. In the 2019/20 season, Ake played 30 matches for the Dean Court team, scored 2 goals and had 2 assists.

With the official acquisition of Torres and Ake, coach Pep Guardiola can be somewhat assured with the current force. In the case of not buying more, the Green Man will start with pair of defenders Aymeric Laporte – Ake, two wings are Kyle Walker (right) and Joao Cancelo (or Benjamin Mendy).

Translated right above, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne and young player Phil Foden are three names that can be chosen. Meanwhile, the trio of Torres – Sterling – Aguero will shoulder the responsibility of scoring in the 3-4-3 chart.